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Death in the Victorian Family
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Death in the Victorian Family

Pat Jalland

Abstract

This book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning between 1830 and 1920. Victorian letters and diaries reveal a deep preoccupation with death because of a shorter life expectancy, a high death rate for infants and children, and a dominant Christian culture. Using the private correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five middle and upper-class British families, the book shows us how dying, death, and grieving were experienced by Victorian families and how the manner and rituals of death and mourning varied with age, gender, disease, religious belief, fam ... More

Keywords: family experiences, death, Victorian, preoccupation, shorter life expectancy, Christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201885.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pat Jalland, author
Australian National University

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